Yes, I’m a Lurker

I have never seen myself as a Lurker before, but after going through the readings of the first week, I have to admit it. I’m a Luker and I have enjoyed it for many years. I like to be updated on different areas related to school librarianship and IBO so I follow groups, people and even I’m part of closed groups. But, most of the time, I’m reading and learning. Sometimes, I will retweet or post something to share but rarely I will express my opinion openly on the web. It has to be something that really shocked me to open up and post it. Last year, I decided to be even less active on social media and only posting from time to time on Instagram.

Now, everything is changing and it’s also challenging myself. I’m coming out of my comfort zone. I will begin to share my thoughts….. even this blog! Sometime back, an administrator told me that I’m a silent worker. That, I didn’t go around the place showing off what we are doing. I always believe that it’s not my style but I was wrong. Social media can be an open door for content (if we know how to find what we need) to grow as professionals or to share experiences. As well as, a mass of connections but are all of them meaningful?. I like Alex Macmillan post about Tweeter and his reflexion about connections https://alexmcmillan.co/from-lurking-to-connecting/

How many times do we accept people just to increase the number of our followers? even people that we don’t know, friend of the friend of my friend. I stopped it some years back. And, I’m seriously thinking about revising lists of friends in social media!.

As a school librarian, I have seen how effective social media can be as a communication channel with our users. It’s faster, cheaper and effective for different target groups. Librarians, we consider all the possible ways to develop that relationship with our patrons and transfer messages. They need to know that we are here for them and ready to offer different tools and resources. The concept of a library is in constant evolution. It’s moving from a place to read to a place of creation (in some countries faster than in others). It’s unstoppable!

Just to finish, I would like to suggest an article published at Library Journal in 2013 by Ned Potter (https://www.libraryjournal.com/?detailStory=10-golden-rules-to-take-your-librarys-twitter-account-to-the-next-level) It gives 10 simple recommendations to improve the use of Twitter in libraries.

Happy Chinese New Year! And let’s begin this new year being connectors & creators!

 

 

2 Replies to “Yes, I’m a Lurker”

  1. I wonder if schools value extroversion; you might be right, social media can help introverts connect with one another. With the constant growth of new technologies, are we feeling like “we have to keep up” and be on every platform? I wonder if that is diluting the potential for meaningful relationships, be they online or in person, because we spread ourselves too thinly.

    I think another meaningful definition in all of the reading for this week is for the word “connect”. If lurking is the absence of commenting, then connecting is the act of replying, talking, chatting with others. But here’s the rub. We should be posting and commenting because we have something meaningful to say. I would actually advise to not post when we have nothing to add to the conversation. And to me, that’s what lurking implies. So we need to go out to our schools’ libraries, read a book/article/website, discuss it with peers. Have an opinion!

    1. For sure, connecting shall be a way to express opinions. But, there is a fragile line between personal marketing and commenting. I know people that believe that keep posting their activities is the way to develop an image on social media (Nothing meaningful to share because sometimes they are copying practices). Are they adding knowledge? ethics? Let’s focus on quality and express opinions!

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